A Wild-goose Chase
F D Millet
Essay, Travelogue, Serial
Sanitation, Pollution, Botany
On an artistic tour through the German towns of the old Hanseatic League, the narrator comments, 'If we ever visit Rostock again, it will be after it has been disinfected, for on the stuffy August day we spent there we were obliged to keep our luggage closed for fear of carrying off a too lasting souvenir of the stench-laden atmosphere. Even the statue of Blücher which adorns the public square of this his native place looked, to our eyes, exceedingly dissatisfied with the quality of the air that is slowly corroding the surface of the bronze' (671). Later, he observes that in 'the ditches and by the road-side grow countless varieties of wild flower—a perfect paradise for the botanist' (674).
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